Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will host a program celebrating and discussing DeKalb County Community Gardens and the growing partnership with Glidden Homestead at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.
The program will feature a talk by DCCG member Marc Amante. He will discuss the DCCG/Glidden Homestead partnership plans for the heritage flower beds in the Homestead’s front lawn and offer a peek at future plans.
DeKalb and Glidden Homestead have had a long, historical association with agriculture and produce. The Glidden Florist was founded by Mable Glidden in 1936, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. The floral shop is one of the earliest woman-owned businesses in the area and boasts a deep history and relationship with the community. Almost three decades before that, Annie Glidden broke ground as one of the leading agricultural innovators in this area.
From noon to 4 p.m. the same day, as part of the Homestead’s 2016 season, “Digging Up the Past,” visitors can tour the Joseph Glidden’s Home where barbed wire was invented, see a working blacksmith shop, and visit the 1870s brick barn being excavated by archaeologists.
Joseph Glidden developed barbed wire in DeKalb in 1873 and went on to patent numerous other inventions. Barbed wire production continued at the Homestead site through the winter of 1873 into the spring of 1874, when the operation moved into town.
A full season of programs highlighting “Digging Up the Past” continues at the Glidden Homestead in 2016. A tentative program listing can be found at www.gliddenhomestead.org/events.html.
The Glidden Homestead, at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement. For information, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-756-7904.